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Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers Game 3: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

After the Boston Celtics won both games at TD Garden, the Eastern Conference Finals now head to the Indiana Pacers' home, Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The Pacers have made a surprise run with their young roster, and they can be encouraged despite losing both games so far.

Indiana came into the series off the back of a Game 7 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden and took the Celtics to overtime in Game 1 a little over 48 hours later.

While Game 2 was a more comfortable win for the Celtics, the Pacers have proven they can hurt at least hurt Boston. 

Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers Game 3 betting picks and predictions

Over 223.0 Total Points (-110)

The two games in TD Garden have seen 234 and 236 points scored and that number isn’t likely to drop when the series heads to Indiana. These two sides were among the best offenses in the NBA in the regular season and they’ve lived up to that in the playoffs so far.

The Pacers have improved their defense from the regular season but that merely keeps them competitive against this Celtics side that plays through high-scoring pair Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

The Pacers’ three home games in the second round each landed under the 223 point line, but that was against a Knicks side who were lacking scorers. The Knicks tend to grind in games and they posted no more than 106 points in any of their three away games in the last round.

The Celtics will pack a much stronger punch, one which will force the Pacers to raise their own game offensively.

With the Pacers facing a must-win game at home, they’ll lean into their offense more than their defense. As a result, Over 223.0 points appeals. 

Pascal Siakam Over 21.5 Points (-115)

Pascal Siakam has proven his worth in these playoffs after his midseason trade from the Toronto Raptors. Siakam has already played a huge part in an NBA Championship run and he was the Raptors’ main scoring threat in their 2020 and 2022 playoff campaigns.

He’s proven his worth to the Pacers with 24 and 28 points in the first two games of the series. He was 13-17 from the field in Game 2 and that kind of efficiency suggests he’ll clear 21 points with his teammates looking to follow his lead. 

Indiana Pacers ML (+220)

The Pacers were as close as you could get to a Game 1 win, with small errors costing them a victory. The manner of that defeat seemed to have an impact in Game 2, but they once again displayed the ability to hurt Boston.

The Celtics have dropped games to the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the last two rounds despite both of those sides missing key players.

While the Pacers have been written off after their own wins over hampered sides in the playoffs, their depth helped the team improve as each series went on.

With the Celtics running one of the shortest rotations of any playoff team this season, the Pacers should have that edge against Boston, too.

Indiana have won all six of their home games in this season’s playoffs and they’re unbeaten at Gainbridge Fieldhouse since mid-March. Back them to keep this series alive against a Boston side who rarely complete sweeps. 

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Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers Game 3 odds

Boston Celtics

-270 ML

Indiana Pacers

+220 ML

Spread

BOS Celtics -7.0

Total Points

O/U 223.0

Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers Game 3 player props

Player Points

Jayson Tatum (BOS Celtics)

O/U 29.5

Jaylen Brown (BOS Celtics)

O/U 26.5

Pascal Siakam (IND Pacers)

O/U 21.5

Tyrese Haliburton (IND Pacers)

O/U 15.5

Myles Turner (IND Pacers)

O/U 15.5

Derrick White (BOS Celtics)

O/U 15.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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